Hancock County, Ohio, Flag

Jun 3rd, 2018



Hancock County is located in Northwest Ohio and consists of 534 square miles. It was created from a part of Wood County in 1820 and organized in 1828. The county seat is located in the city of Findlay. Hancock County is named after John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.


M. Sean Risser designed the Hancock County flag for use in time for the 1986 Hancock County Courthouse Centennial Celebration.


The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:


*     Circles: Hancock County past, present, and future

*     Building: Business and industry

*     Plant: Agriculture

*     People: Serves provided to county residents

*     Stars (17 Total): The 17 townships in the county and Ohio’s status as the 17th state admitted to the Union

*     Field Color Pattern: 13 different sized stripes stand for the original 13 colonies

*     Field Colors: In respect of the U.S. flag

*     Blue: Justice

*     Gold: Quality

*     Red: Courage

*     White: Purity


In addition to the above, the continuous circular pattern around the images represents the permanence of the government system. These meanings make it apparent that Risser put a lot of thought and time into designing the Hancock County flag.


The circular stripe encloses three regions to indicate the past, present and future of Hancock County. The stripe was designed as a continuing border to indicate the permanence of our system of government.


The Ohio Veterans Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, features plaques and accompanying flagpoles from each of the 88 counties in Ohio. The flags were presented at the Ohio Statehouse in 2005 during the Bicentennial flag dedication ceremonies and are now displayed annually.


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